Above: Campaign buttons at Tweeds in Riverhead. Local elections are today. Afterward, politicians may clean up the lawn signs strewn throughout the East End.
• Showers are likely today, mainly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 61 degrees, with a light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 miles per hour, gusting as high as 20. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers overnight, mainly before 1 a.m., with partly cloudy skies and a low around 39. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 53. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. Thursday, with increasing clouds and a high near 57.
• Yesterday’s Peconic Bay scallop season opener proved to be the dud that was expected — many baymen didn’t even bother to put their boats in the water, and many of those who did gave up for the day well before catching their limit. The culprit? High water temperatures during spawning season this past year.
• Local elections are today, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the East End. Voters will report to their regular polling places — not to the early voting sites that had been operational the past two weeks. Here’s our Election Guide, and stay tuned to our Twitter (@eastendbeacon) and Instagram (@eebeacon) accounts for election night updates.
• The Riverhead Central School District is unveiling a scaled down capital improvement project after public concern about its initial cost of $100 million, and is expecting to unveil that project in a public meeting this evening at 7 p.m. in Room 133 of Riverhead High School.
• The Southold Town Board holds its annual post-Election Day town budget hearings tomorrow at 4 and 7 p.m., while Riverhead Town will hold its annual budget hearing at its 2 p.m. regular meeting tomorrow afternoon. Southold has proposed a $48 million budget, with a tax rate increase of 1.62 percent, while Riverhead has proposed a $100.4 million budget, with a tax rate increase of 2.76 percent.
• Just in time to head to your local polls, our columnist Tim Kelly reflects this month on lawyers, parents, judges and a guy named Beto, who used to be running for president.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 4:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:32 a.m., 3:54 p.m.
Greenport: 5:01 a.m., 5:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:40 a.m., 6:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:56 a.m., 5:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:23 a.m., 6:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:30 a.m., 6:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:15 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:24 a.m., 1:39 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:21 a.m., 5:41 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:29 a.m., 4:49 p.m.
Greenport: 5:58 a.m., 6:18 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:35 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:53 a.m., 6:13 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:20 a.m., 7:40 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:27 a.m., 7:47 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:09 a.m., 4:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:18 a.m., 2:33 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.